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Forrest Estate Pinot Noir

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No doubting the credentials of Forrest Estate, one of Marlborough’s oldest wineries who continue to make wines that have given the region its stellar reputation. Pinot Noir from the area is already the next big thing and here’s one that you’ll find has bags full of complexity and charm. Typical Pinot flavours at play with hints of “Forrest” floor (excuse the pun), as well as red berry and spice. It tastes of sumptuous fruitcake and mixed spice and delivers all the pre-requisite Pinosity you search for.

Winemaker's Notes

The Pinot Noir grape is one of Marlborough’s stars; the cool climate queen of red wine is a natural match for Marlborough’s reliable cool dry vintage climate. The grapes typically show ripe berry fruit flavours – raspberry and strawberry; that distinctive ‘Forest floor” earthen aroma and fresh acidity. Our Pinot Noir grape is a complex amalgam of three different “terroirs”:- classic Wairau river valley stoney soils, southern valleys, Brancott aged clays and Northbank young stone/ clay mix. Each plot was hand harvested, fermented in 2-3 ton lots with hand plunging, skin contacted post fermentation, gently pressed and then aged in 20/80 blend of new/old French oak barriques for 10 months.

Deep ruby red color with berry fruit flavours. On the nose, raspberry, strawberry, red cherry, an earthy “forest floor” leaf note and just a hint of sweet spicy oak. The fresh berryfruit aromas continue through onto the palate,together with a rich underlay of christmas fruit cake, long savoury after taste. A very good example of Marlborough Pinot Noir that will reward 3 to 5 years bottle maturation.

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Forrest Estate Pinot Noir

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
2011 has produced a particularly savoury, honed and structured Forrest, with firm, fine tannins providing good textural profile and promising a long future. An elegant yet expressive and honed style of black cherry and tangy blueberry fruit and notes of ground black pepper.
Wine Taste Special Edition 95
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Forest ranks among the most reliable of Marlborough’s long-standing pinots, and in a world of escalating pinot prices, it represents refreshing value. The 2010 is a lively and elegant pinot of red cherry and strawberry fruit, notes of mixed spice, anise and violets. Finely textured tannins complete a refreshingly balanced style
Wine Taste Edition 103
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A little closed to start; give this some air and let it unfurl - all the licorice and sweet spices with polished oak presence and clear pinot fragrance. The palate is light on its feet with a little meaty oak flavour amid the plum and cherry, easy tannins to close.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009

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